ODDS AND ENDS ABOUT FENWAY 1912 . . .

In response to reader queries and questions I received on my book tour: No this book is not “authorized” by the Red Sox, and no, the Red Sox do not receive a dime from sales of Fenway 1912.  To preserve objectivity, I always write independent of the team.  Seems that after the 2011 debacle more than a few people want to make sure they don’t put another dime into the club coffer this offseason.  In fact, more than a few express the desire to chuck a few of those Fenway bricks through the windows . . .

– On the Kindle edition  of the book, some weird formatting might confuse some readers.  The Text that appears in blue are headlines that are interspersed throughout the narrative.  In the print edition, they look like headlines; in the Kindle edition, not so much.

– I don’t have anything to do with any of the “Fenway 1912″ collectables that are available online.  FYI, here are many photos of Fenway from the Library of Congress   (in addition to those in the book) that are in public domain and can be downloaded and printed for free.  Google “Library of Congress photographs” and then search “Fenway Park.”

ERRATA:

 

Page 134 reads: “Each team in the league played the other eighteen times, so with fifteen games remaining against the White Sox a five and a game lead was not insurmountable.”

Should read:”Each team in the league played the other twenty-two times, so with fifteen games remaining against the White Sox a five and a game lead was not insurmountable.

Page 208– 2 lines from the bottom of the page- The text says “Washington threatened again in the bottom of the inning…”  Should read:  “Washington threatened again in the top of the inning . . .

 Page 248– 9th line down from the top of the page- The text says “the Giants readied themselves…”. 

 Should read: “the Red Sox readied themselves. . .”

 P. 114, Sixth Line reads “Yet despite the fact that in only the sixth game ever played at Fenway a player. . .”

Should read “Yet despite the fact that in only the sixth game ever played at Fenway (including the April 9 exhibition) a player . . .”  Although correct as is, this clarification is helpful.

 P. 233, THIRD PARAGRAPH, 1882 SHOULD BE 1891. 

 

-Very happy to be a finalist for Spitball Magazine’s 2011  Casey Award, given out each year to the best baseball book, won this year by Kostya Kennedy for 56 – Congratulations, Kostya.   Charles Alexander and I are the only four-time finalists for the award (I was also a finalist for Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures, Red Sox Century and Yankees Century)  The other 2011 finalists were:

The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown and Company);
 
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game by John Thorn (Simon & Schuster);
 
The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs by Neal McCabe & Constance McCabe (Abrams);
 
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry (Harper);
 
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella by Neil Lanctot (Simon & Schuster);
 
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);
 
The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League, 1903-1957 by Dennis Snelling (McFarland & Company);
 
The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932 by Thomas Aiello (The University of Alabama Press);
 
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago (Fantagraphics Books);